CATS is working to address the ever increasing problem of providing compassionate
care to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, child sexual abuse and witnesses to crime. CATS ensures that survivors/victims
have access to the services they need in a warm and caring environment
that respects their privacy. Specially trained nurse examiners conduct forensic
interviews and forensic medical examinations for the purpose of gathering evidence
for use by law enforcement in criminal prosecution. Examiners provide expert
witness testimony in court. CATS educators provide police and other law enforcement
personnel with state-of-the-art information about effective response to victimized
children and adults, as well as evidentiary procedures.
Counseling & Referrals
Victims of domestic and sexual violence and child sexual abuse have special psycho-social needs. The legacy
of violated trust has, without proper treatment, an incalculable personal and community
impact. Through a collaboration with a local crisis counseling program, CATS provides
on-site advocacy support, case management, counseling and referrals for victims and
their family members.
Prevention & Outreach
CATS outreach components primary focus is on providing prevention
education to professionals who work with children and are required by law to
report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse. These professionals include
child care providers, teachers, social workers, health care practitioners,
law enforcement and recreation workers to name a few. CATS multi-media
presentation includes a power point presentation, a video, and an on-line
computer-based training on reporting child abuse.